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. >>> to the disaster in japan now. the contamination both in and around the that damaged nuclear plant is growing. today the amount of radiation in the water that's been flooding the plant reached a level 100,000 times higher than normal. and today, plutonium, another radioactive substance, was detected in the soil around the complex. the contamination is believed to be the result of a partial meltdown in the core of that complex. all of this, of course, follows that march 11th earthquake and tsunami in japan. because of that disaster, health authorities all over the country and in our area are monitoring air and water quality. this afternoon, maryland officials announced a very small amount of radioactive iodine was detected in a rain water sample taken in baltimore. but as chris gordon reports now, authorities say it does not pose a health risk. >> reporter: our tap water is being tested to make sure it is safe, and officials say it is. the maryland and virginia health departments are monitoring samples that have been taken from reservoirs, rivers and rain water to check whether radiation from
japan. it finally ended last year, when ricks was teaching at osbourne high in manassas. a parent saw his inappropriate facebook postings and contacted authorities. in a "washington post" interview, this mother said she was alarmed by e-mails ricks sent to her son's friend. but her warning to manassas school officials in 2008 weren't unheeded. >> after i read the messages, i realized, you know, it just wasn't -- there was -- there was something very, very wrong going on. >> reporter: after ricks gained his victims' trust, the crime was always the same. >> he would ply with liquor, tequila, beer, get them drunk, they would pass out. he would strip them, photograph them, fondle them, and commit other sex acts on them. >> reporter: the evidence collected, more than 600 photos on his computer, dozens of videotapes, and 28 journals ricks filled with graphic details of the assaults. as part of the plea deal, prosecutors also set a binding sentence of 300 months. that means the 50-year-old ricks will spend the next 25 years behind bars. in alexandria, julie carey, news4. >>> ricks is going t
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